Sunday, September 25, 2005

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September 22, 2005
CA6: f-bomb dropped
The usual suspects point us to Rendon v.
, by the Sixth Circuit which enforces an administrative fine against
someone that swore at a security screener over vagueness, over-breadth and first
amendment challenges to
49 C.F.R. § 1540.109
. This opinion, by far, is the absolute worst
opinion of the year. I mean, it is really really bad. I don’t think
mere words can explain how bad it is. Rendon was pro se.

Update: Mike
Cernovich offers
to draft all the pleading for anyone admitted in the Sixth
who is willing to do oral argument while representing the petitioner before an
en banc court. There has got to be one of you that can take it. If
not, pass it on.

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yeah, I just read it. I
do not claim to be a First Amendment specialist (at least not yet:), but this
opinion seems really bad.
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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Pay Attention

Those that ask who is doing what, with what money, have some problems in this country.

If you have friends in high places, you can take and do what you want, when you want.

Being in Mississippi has renewed my faith in that basic human nature can be good.

I have neither fear of cops here, nor anywhere else in the world except for Connecticut.

I am going to ride a storm out … and I may or may not mean the weather that is hitting me as I type this.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Life Altering Photos

This hotel in the background in Gulfport, Mississippi, is now see through.

A Dream house, guest house, workshop/garage, and a life's work all gone. This picture was taken yesterday 300 yards from the beach. Neighbors were chainsawing neighbors and family live and dead from under the rubble in Waveland, Mississippi.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Connecticut’s Official Racism Exposed

Is it covert policy?

State Rep. Roger Michele stands before the Bristol police board to lodge a complaint against Capt. Daniel Britt Tuesday night. Michele brought up allegations of Britt and Sgt. Richard Valentine broadcasting racial slurs over a pirate radio station in Valentine's basement.

Sep. 20, 2005
Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

Bristol Takes More Heat
NAACP Accuses City Police Of Racial Profiling
September 21, 2005 By DON STACOM, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

BRISTOL -- Just as city leaders began working to heal wounds from allegations of a secret, racist radio station run by two police officers, the NAACP on Tuesday accused the police department of racial profiling in the city's West End.

"We have very, very grave concerns about what is going on in the Bristol community," Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP, told officials at the regular meeting of the city's police board.

The board normally draws a sparse audience, but because of the racial controversy in the city, Tuesday's session attracted about 30 police officers, 20 residents and camera crews from three TV stations.

Standing before the audience Tuesday night, Esdaile said at least two Bristol police officers have privately told him they were ordered to conduct racial profiling in the West End, a working-class neighborhood.

The allegation drew denials from the police union and embattled Police Chief John DiVenere.

"No. I can categorically deny that whole thing," union President Ken Gallup said.

"The department is really coming in for a bashing right now."

DiVenere confirmed that he ordered strict enforcement in the West End because of crime complaints from residents, but he emphasized that it absolutely wasn't aimed at any racial group.

"Absolutely not, of course not. I find it hard to believe anyone would say that, or that any officer would follow an illegal order," DiVenere said.

Esdaile refused to identify the officers who spoke with him, and would not provide details of their accounts or name the official who allegedly ordered racial profiling.

"I know what I'm talking about. It came from the top," Esdaile told reporters during a break in the police board meeting.

"I said the top. You take it from there."

Addressing the board, he said DiVenere must explain why some police officers were still making racist broadcasts on a pirate FM station years after the chief first heard rumors that it was happening.

"We want to know just what measures he took to be sure this was eradicated," Esdaile said.

"There are just three answers: Incompetency, they just didn't care, or `I agree with everything that's going on.'

"DiVenere has said he ordered Sgt. Richard Valentine to "shut it down" after hearing rumors several years ago of unlicensed broadcasts from his home. DiVenere said he couldn't do more because no other officers would verify the rumors.

The issue explosively resurfaced last week, when the NAACP and state Rep. Roger Michele, D-Bristol, held a press conference to accuse Valentine and Capt. Daniel Britt of being involved in WNFR. The NAACP identified the unlicensed call letters as Nigger-Free Radio. Just hours after that story became public, Valentine put in for immediate retirement and Britt was put on administrative leave. Neither has publicly answered the allegation.Britt, the department's second in command, was expected to meet with his lawyer and city personnel officials on Tuesday, possibly to discuss retirement benefits.

But his lawyer postponed the meeting until this afternoon. Britt and Valentine have not returned numerous phone messages in the past five days.

Jerome Davis, a black police officer who retired on medical disability five years ago after accusing DiVenere of making a racial slur, called on the board Tuesday night to conduct a thorough investigation.

"It's time to clean house," Davis said.

Earlier in the day, Mayor Gerard Couture began a campaign to turn the week's embarrassments into something better. He convened a meeting of local black and Hispanic ministers to discuss race relations in Bristol, asked them to join a Community Diversity Relations Coalition with police officers, and directed his staff to draft a brochure promoting the city's commitment to tolerance and equality.

Irene Singleton, minister of the Tower of Hope Christian Ministries, called the WNFR allegation "devastating to our city."

She told the police board that prejudice may exist in any community, but the 69-year-old minister said it's especially troubling when it involves police.

"They are the people who are supposed to protect us," she said.

Singleton said the city needs to unite, adding, "I think we can be a sound community again."

The police board began its meeting by saying it would not respond to public comment.

But after the meeting, Couture shook his head at the new allegation, saying, "We're trying to bring people together here. We've got to get people working with each other."

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Staying at a Cotton Plantation House near the Big Easy for $15/night?

One of the owners, Ipha, in the painting above? The estate is huge and filled with items from the 1880's and on.

Blythewood Plantation (website), Amite, Louisiana

Some history of slavery, cotton, and Blythewood

African-American Archaeology Newsletter (more)


Manuscripts Department
The Library at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill

The bar I went into in Hammond, Louisiana, not too far from New Orleans.

'Pedro, The Hairdresser', 2nd in from right got me in touch with Ipha suggesting that I not have to drive 150 to 200 miles for lodging due to the flood of people in the area for the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

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Reach of the NWP Professional Writing Retreat Grows

This particular retreat, sponsored by the Louisiana Writing Project State Network, unfolded between October 19 and 21, 2001, at the Blythewood Plantation House in Amite, Louisiana.

Blythewood, a turn-of the-century home, is a place of welcoming verandas, high ceilings, and eight bedrooms large enough to allow writers from the various Louisiana writing project sites plenty of space for creative pacing.

Part of the charm of Blythewood is that it is a little ragged around the edges. “It’s sort of Gone with the Wind meets The Shining,” said one participant.


Mark Gaines tells how all of Connecticut is run in a nutshell

Friday, September 16, 2005

Unreported World News:

Absolute Silence

You would think if there was a $100,000,000 class action lawsuit regarding US citizens abused in the national Lyme Disease scandal and the DCF, Mental Institutional, Juvenile Detention, Prison, Judiciary, Police, and Prosecutorial misconduct epidemic in Connecticut that some newspaper would be using some ink on the story.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Defiling our Forefathers

The Powerful Rich are displacing, ripping off, and sending the poorer to containment camps and prisons.

BYRON ATHENIAN, who lives in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London, holds the notice he received giving him 30 days to move out. The New London Development Corp. is taking property in the waterfront neighborhood for private development.

Sep. 13, 2005
Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

Battle Lost, Eviction Starts Defiance Persists In Fort Trumbull
September 14, 2005 By LYNNE TUOHY, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

Residents of New London's Fort Trumbull peninsula have been served with orders to move out by mid-December, signaling the end of the line for the diehards who narrowly lost their eminent domain battle before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The letters from the New London Development Corp. stirred a tempest of emotions and a crossfire of recriminations between lawyers for the seven homeowners and officials of the NLDC, with each side accusing the other of lying.

Meanwhile the homeowners, who lost their court battle but won national recognition for their cause, have vowed to keep up the fight."They are going to have to pull my cold fingers from that house before they take it," Michael Cristofaro said of the Goshen Street home owned by his elderly father, Pasquale.

"We're not going to give it up unless the legislature says that nothing else can be done."

But the homeowners have exhausted their legal remedies and have little left in their arsenal but the strength of their convictions.

In fact, calling them "homeowners" is a misnomer. The NLDC has held title to their homes since 2000, with the compensation paid for those homes put into an escrow fund as the legal fight raged.

The NLDC maintains that it is time to fulfill the promise of increased jobs and tax revenue through private development of the 90-acre waterfront site, adjacent to the recently opened global research facility of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.

"It's time to move forward for the benefit of all the citizens of New London and begin the transformation of the Fort Trumbull area," NLDC President Michael Joplin said.

"New London taxpayers have waited patiently to receive the significant public, economic and environmental benefits of this long-overdue development project."

Tuesday's developments in New London played against a national backdrop that illustrates the charged atmosphere wrought by the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in June.

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice-nominee John Roberts was peppered by Senators with questions about the eminent domain ruling and the circumstances under which he believes private property may be taken by government agencies for "public use."

Also Tuesday, a judge in Arizona ruled against attempts by the city of Tempe to condemn and take homes, by eminent domain, for the private development of a large retail complex.

In the New London case, the high court expanded the power of government agencies to take homes for economic redevelopment, even by private developers. The court ruled that a municipality's quest for increased tax revenue and employment justifies the taking of even non-blighted property and satisfies the "public use" requirement of the Constitution's takings clause.

Dissenting justices and critics of the ruling said it leaves virtually every property owner vulnerable to condemnation proceedings and voids the very constitutional provision on which it turns - one invoked primarily in the past to build roads, schools and other projects that tangibly benefited the public.

The Institute for Justice - a non-profit powerhouse in the battle against what it describes as eminent domain abuses - continues to represent the seven families who own 13 homes still standing on the largely rubble-strewn Fort Trumbull peninsula. Attorney Scott Bullock of the institute accused the NLDC of reneging on a promise made to Connecticut lawmakers in July to abide by a voluntary moratorium on taking property until the legislature could overhaul its statutes.

"It's a slap in the face to the governor, to the legislature and to the people of Connecticut," Bullock said.

NLDC spokesman Jeff Leichtman countered that the institute's accusations were "outrageous."

"We did agree to abide by a voluntary state moratorium on new eminent domain takings until the legislature reviews this matter, and will continue to do so," Leichtman said.

"But we always reserved our rights to continue to develop the land we already owned. ... The Institute for Justice is misleading its clients in New London into believing that any future changes in eminent domain laws will allow them to regain their properties."

The U.S. Supreme Court on Aug. 22 denied a request by the Institute for Justice to reconsider the case. After that, Leichtman said, the NLDC set in motion the final steps for obtaining the houses.

The state Supreme Court last year ruled unanimously that taking private homes for private redevelopment projects could satisfy the "public use" clause of the Constitution's eminent domain provision, but split 4-3 on whether the Fort Trumbull project could guarantee sufficient public payback to invoke the takings provision.

The three homeowners in the section of Fort Trumbull known as Parcel 3 received notices this week that they had to move by Dec. 8 or, in the case of Byron Athenian, by Oct. 12. Leichtman said Athenian was served with notice to move in 2000, so his three-month notice period ended long ago.

The four homeowners on Parcel 4 - encompassing nine homes, including that of lead plaintiff Susette Kelo - will receive their notices to move shortly.In the notices, the NLDC told residents they would be expected to pay rent in the amount of $600 per month from now until they moved. The corporation also is likely to deduct from the residents' escrow holdings rent for the past five years.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who called for the voluntary moratorium, said through a spokesman Tuesday that she continues to hope the remaining homes on Fort Trumbull can be saved. She also supports a special legislative session to debate the issue, the spokesman said.

Richard Beyer, a developer who owns two houses in Parcel 3, said tenants who have a newborn received an eviction notice addressed to "occupant."

"These guys need to learn when to treat human beings like human beings, not like barn animals," Beyer said of the NLDC.

"This is their trademark. They go in and disrupt people's lives."

We're not abiding by it," Beyer said. "We're not throwing in the towel."

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In Defense Of Private Property
Hundreds In New London (Connecticut) Oppose Seizure Of Homes For DevelopmentJuly 6, 2005 By LAUREN PHILLIPS, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

Monday, September 12, 2005

The US Government, Mafia Style

La Costra Nostracut

I used to think I attracted the Mel Gibson ‘Conspiracy Theory’, types. But, some of what they are saying put together, is starting to make sense. I was told to look at Canada replacing Cuba as the Mafia, Big Business, and Government playground where meetings are held and frolicking goes on more openly. Numbers, percentages, and trends when followed tell the story, locally and nationally.

I was talking to David R. Amos quite extensively around March of this year. From what I gather he is sort of an odd combination of a character. In his mid-50’s he gave off the impression he was a wild, in a Harley Motorcycle gang, type living in the Boston area. He has ties to big business and is involved in running for political offices in Canada, where he is from.

Well, Amos told me that his taxi driver friend in the Boston area was a dumpster diver that had found boxes of cassette tapes, taped only on one side somewhere in the 80’s where Jai Lai was a popular sport and gang land betting bonanza. The friend had taped music over a number of the extreme quality tapes before any were listened to. The wiretaps on the tapes were illegally performed by the FBI regarding mob hits, drug smuggling, prostitution, gambling, Whitie Bulger, and who was who in the FBI/Mafia marriage in the Boston area.

Amos’ friend tried to give the FBI tapes that technically did not exist back to the FBI. Amos has spent much time tormenting almost the entire US government, countless officials, and even messed with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal sending him a letter regarding how the tapes implicated so many individuals. Amos seemingly filed nuisance lawsuits just to get the illegally performed wiretaps to be admitted as evidence in any case to thumb his nose at authorities that are the morph of corporate criminals, the Mafia, and the who’s who in government circles.

Amos told me that about half of all exploited and missing children are flown out of a covert airport possibly near Nova Scotia. Many are sold as slaves to those in oil producing countries where white women are the preferred contraband. Military hardware etc is also exported out of that same airport. Currency in cash also makes its way back and forth from that airport. Massive amounts of narcotics in raw and finished form fly into this same airport according to Amos.

I served time with a Native American drug runner in a Connecticut prison. He was a drug runner to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and other states college campuses and universities. There are ties to the Boston and Connecticut mobsters. Just like Chicago, Mafia Hit men, and others ask for trial by judge so that a judge in the pocket hears the case and the predetermined outcome is achieved.

The drug runner told me he knew the outcome of his cases before they went before a judge. He got away with 99% of what he was caught for, but did have to take the fall a few times to protect higher ups in the food chain. Running guns, prostitution and gambling money in trunks of cars, city to city, all over the US was also this Native American ‘connected’ guy’s job description.

Trial by judge is a red flag. If there are areas that police, prosecutors, and judges aren’t caught and punished for basic human nature in certain percentages there is a red flag. Racial barriers are also a key red flag. Trying driving while black from Hartford into money mecha West Hartford or from Hartford into Wethersfield, the cops main job is to keep riffraff and minorities out of the ‘white areas’. White drug dealers and suburban criminals are welcome, but not their ‘Black Cousins’.

Prostitutes are the main conduit between the Mafia, Judiciary, Government Officials, and corporate Big Wigs. Drugs, cash, and other items may never even make it to the evidence rooms to disappear or be vastly reduced in size. Prostitutes are a cop’s favorite choice for selling the drugs he has scored off a bust. Prostitutes also help decide cases when a prosecutor gets a blowjob to throw a case or maliciously prosecute an individual for being a ‘Big Mouth’.

Most bar and business owners have to be ‘connected’ to stay in business in Connecticut and this may also apply to other areas of the country as well.

The ‘Blue Wall of Silence’ and a Mafia Style code is rigidly enforced in Connecticut.

‘Connecticut Yankees’ were despised since Colonial times. Big Business from the earliest days had Connecticut as its center hub in the slave trade, liquor running, gambling, prostitution, and other criminal ventures. Their families and friends were isolated from their criminal empires in palatial estates.
Reading 30 years worth of newspapers printed in Connecticut tells a story. It is hard for the average person to grasp what is really going on until they are drawn a map.

Connecticut makes the US Attorney/FBI/Mob/Judiciary/law enforcement/drug runner/hit man/prostitution/gambling/criminal empire/ring look like a kindergarten in Boston.

What officials and Big Wigs don’t want is accountability. As soon as taxpayers have control of the purse and officials are answerable to those that really pay the bills, the wholesale ripping off, raping, and murdering will continue. There are a very small percentage of ‘hits’ performed in modern days as compared to old. The ‘new’ program now involves breaking up your family, ruining you financially, discrediting you, breaking you, arrests, malicious prosecutions, labeling you mentally unstable, and/or confinement in a prison or mental institution.

Civilian Oversight of the Police, members of the Judiciary, and of public officials would make the criminal empire fall. If actual investigations into official wrongdoing were monitored by the people and violators actually punished, we’d have a nation as our forefathers intended and as outlined in the Declaration of Independence, The US Constitution, and other historic documents.

Freedom and having an ethically run government, police force, and courts is up to you.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

My thoughts on Sept. 11

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Just Give The Government More Money

and they'll ask for more to waste and give themselves more immunity to screw you over, commit crimes, and silence whistleblowers. When are more of you out there, just going to wake up?

Security Agency: Change Ahead?

Despite Katrina, Some See Strengths
September 11, 2005 By DAVID LIGHTMAN, Hartford Courant Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON -- The new Department of Homeland Security flunked its first big test, and policymakers and experts worry that it is destined to fail again.

They see an agency still grappling with organizational problems, starving for budget money and saddled by leaders who may not be qualified for their jobs. They are particularly concerned because the department was slowly starting to become more nimble and efficient, but now could be forced to make too many unneeded changes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"Will we start to rearrange the deck chairs again without giving anyone a chance to make the current system work?" asked Juliette N. Kayyem, lecturer in public policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

In assessing what went wrong - and what could be improved - experts and lawmakers advised looking down three avenues that have dogged the department since its inception 21/2 years ago.

"Follow the money," said David Heyman, director of the homeland security program at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies, in seeking answers to what went wrong. The budget for homeland security, he said, has consistently "been flat or gone down."

Follow the leaders, advised Jamie Metzl, president of Partnership for a Secure America.

"Clearly, we have a complete, catastrophic failure of leadership at all levels," Metzl said.

Notably under fire is Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael D. Brown. Many congressional Democrats complain that the Oklahoma lawyer was ill-equipped to lead the relief effort. Brown was removed Friday from his role managing the Katrina relief effort.

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., suggested looking down another path to learn how Washington could better respond to emergencies: Follow the department's organizational chart.

"We probably asked homeland security to do too much," he said.

Few of the watchdogs, though, argued for a massive overhaul of the department, created in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to improve government's ability to respond to and prevent future disasters.

"We've got to remember that the alternative is not to go back to the disorganization that existed before, when none of these agencies were cooperating," said Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., the top Democrat on the Senate homeland security committee.

James Jay Carafano, a homeland security expert at Washington's Heritage Foundation and a frequent critic of the agency, agreed that the Homeland Security Department shows signs of becoming more competent. Secretary Michael Chertoff in July launched a reorganization that will focus more on catastrophic emergencies, he said, and it shows promise.

"It should make things better in the future," said Carafano, "but Katrina got here first."

New Response Strategies

The agency was painstakingly designed to deal effectively with the response to such disasters as Katrina.

Lieberman, then chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, led the fight in 2002 to create the new agency. President Bush was reluctant at first, joining the effort months later.

Throughout the debate, experts and many members of Congress warned that bringing so many disparate parts of government together would not necessarily make the nation safer.

"You have a mix of agencies that have never worked together," said Paul C. Light, professor of public service at New York University.

The Coast Guard and the Customs Service have wide responsibilities beyond searching for terrorists. FEMA has nothing specifically to do with terrorism.

Supporters countered that the last big government consolidation, combining the military services into the Defense Department in 1947, eventually worked out well, despite some initial reluctance by individual services to work together.

The disagreements caused some disarray at the outset of the Korean War.

"Imagine if we had disbanded the Defense Department in 1950," Carafano said. Not until the 1980s did joint operations become routine.

Light dismissed the analogy, saying there were always logical reasons the military would eventually work as one unit.

"Navy, Army and Air Force people may go into the same bars and get into fistfights," he said, "but ... they ultimately are used to fighting a common enemy, not each other."

The new Homeland Security agency had serious organizational problems from the start. The bureaucratic cultures and functions - immigration, emergency management, customs, airline safety and so forth - did not mesh smoothly.

The first secretary, Tom Ridge, was criticized for being too public relations-conscious and not detail-oriented. Critically needed money to help "first responders" buy equipment came slowly and was meted out through a highly politicized process.

Experts routinely decried the effort.

"The organization is weighted down with bureaucratic layers, is rife with turf warfare and lacks a structure for strategic thinking and policymaking," a 27-member task force of academics, think tank researchers and congressional staffers said last year.

As a result, it found, "America is not sufficiently prepared to respond fully to a catastrophic terrorist attack on U.S. soil that involves chemical, biological or radiological weapons."FEMA Gets LostAdrift in this ever-churning sea was FEMA.Created in 1979 to coordinate disaster relief efforts that had been performed by different agencies, FEMA wound up in the Homeland Security Department because its expertise and basic functions were similar to those needed in case of a terrorist attack.The Hart-Rudman Commission, which first reported on potential terrorist threats in 1999, recommended the creation of a Department of Homeland Security and said FEMA should be part of it. Ten days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Lieberman argued for that as well.Doubters countered that FEMA needed quick, direct access to the president, rather than having to go through a Cabinet secretary first."I don't think it's a good fit for FEMA. FEMA's role is to work with state and local governments," James Lee Witt, President Clinton's FEMA director, said of the Lieberman plan.The senator thought otherwise, saying, "prevention and response to a terrorist attack - certainly response - is not that different from response to a natural disaster."FEMA became part of the new Homeland Security Department in 2003. Its stature and access were diminished, and its domestic mission was largely forgotten as the homeland security agency and Congress turned their attention to more urgent matters."Terrorism was the topic du jour, and instead of looking at the effects of an attack or a crisis, we were more worried about how to prevent it," Dodd said.Lieberman, though, is not ready to sever FEMA from homeland security. "It's very premature to decide DHS didn't do anything right, or that it's necessary that FEMA be pulled out of DHS," he said. "We need more inquiry and more thought."But other members of Congress were ready to act. "Absolutely it was a mistake," Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., said of putting FEMA into homeland security. "FEMA should be a freestanding, independent agency reporting only to the president of the United States, to cut back on any bureaucratic delays."Major RepairsThe Department of Homeland Security's future success depends on three factors: its leadership, its structure and its budget.

Experts were cautiously optimistic the structure is being fixed.Chertoff, who took office in March, immediately undertook a review that spawned a reorganization plan this summer that puts special emphasis on preparedness, securing transportation and improving border security.

Heyman, Kayyem and Carafano saw promise. "Before last week," said Kayyem, a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, "I'd been a convert to DHS's ability to respond to terrorism and emergency needs."Heyman still thought this year's National Response Plan, designed to help state, local and federal agencies coordinate relief efforts, is a "good plan."In addition, Lieberman saw the agency carrying out a number of functions successfully. The Coast Guard operates efficiently, he said, and congressional reports have cited infrastructure protection initiatives as proceeding well and border security as getting tighter.Transit funding is being increased, and William W. Millar, president of the American Public Transportation Association, told Congress last week that his industry is making "great strides in transit security improvements."The leadership issue has focused in recent weeks on Brown, whom many Democrats want ousted."If we're going to succeed at federal emergency management," said House Democratic Leader Nancy D. Pelosi, D-Calif., "and I emphasize the word management - we have to have accountability, and we have to have confidence."We don't have that at the head of FEMA," she said. Dodd agreed, saying there was "gross incompetence" in the relief effort and Brown should be fired. Brown is expected to leave FEMA this fall.The third challenge, money, is being addressed at the moment as emergency funds flow into the Gulf Coast, but there are concerns about whether a federal budget facing record deficits can accommodate all of the nation's homeland security needs.During the heightened state of emergency for U.S. transit systems this summer, after the London bombings, costs for added security totaled about $33 million. To maintain adequate security, Millar said, more funding is "critical."The Bush administration has not been regarded as overly generous with homeland security money. A July Congressional Budget Office report found that federal resources dedicated to homeland security, a sum that includes the budgets of several agencies, will total about $49.1 billion this fiscal year.Next year, the administration has proposed a 1.2 percent increase in this amount. But the Homeland Security Department itself would get about $500 million less than it gets this year, largely because of technical adjustments in the way public health money is spent.Heyman warned that emergency preparedness needs more funding."The balance of the focus has been on terrorism, and that's not a bad thing, because we were so far behind we needed to play catch-up," he said. "But we shouldn't be doing that at the expense of other hazards."The key to the department's future, said Kayyem, will be Chertoff and whether he can successfully fight for funding, make sure it's spent efficiently and get competent people into key management positions."The future of the department is a Chertoff legacy question," Kayyem said. "Can he continue his reforms, or has Katrina sort of ended any hope that [the Department of Homeland Security] can become more efficient?"

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Police and Prostitutes

Cops and Hookers, a classic combination

Figure of a Prostitute from the Nuremberg Chronicle

This figure of a prostitute appeared in the Liber Chronicarum Figuris, known as the Nuremberg Chronicle, a history of the world printed in Nuremberg in 1493. Containing some 1,800 woodcuts of subjects including the Creation and other Biblical stories, portraits of historical figures including saints, and city views like this one, the Chronicle was the most ambitious publishing venture of the fifteenth century.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Beaches for the Public, Fast becoming History

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Judge Rules Against Government In Patriot Act Case
8:33 PM EDT, September 9, 2005 Associated Press

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A federal judge on Friday lifted a gag order that shielded the identity of librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act.

U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that the gag order prevented their client from participating in a debate over whether Congress should reauthorize the Patriot Act. Government officials have said they have not used the Patriot Act against a library, so the case could prove influential in that debate, the ACLU said.

"It's fabulous," said ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson.

"Clearly the judge recognized it was profoundly undemocratic to gag a librarian from participating in the Patriot Act debate."

The ruling would allow the ACLU and its client to identify who received the request for records, but Hall stayed her decision until Sept. 20 to give the government a chance to appeal.

Prosecutors said they were reviewing the decision and were considering an appeal.

Prosecutors said the gag order prevented the release of the client's identity, not the client's ability to speak about the Patriot Act. They also argued that revealing the identity of the librarians could tip off suspects and jeopardize a federal investigation into terrorism or spying.

Hall, in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, rejected those arguments.

"The government may intend the non-disclosure provision to serve some purpose other than the suppression of speech," Hall wrote.

"Nevertheless, it has the practical effect of silencing individuals with a constitutionally protected interest in speech and whose voices are particularly important in an ongoing national debate about the intrusion of governmental authority into individual lives."

The ruling rejected the gag order in this case, but it did not strike down the provision of the law used by the FBI to demand the library records. A broader challenge to that provision is still pending before Hall.

Hall, however, said she was troubled that the law was too broad and prohibits the client from ever disclosing its identity. She also noted that former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft had accused critics who feared abuse of the increased access to library records of "hysteria."

"The potential for abuse is written into the statute: the very people who might have information regarding investigative abuses and overreaching are preemptively prevented from sharing that information with the public and with the legislators who empower the executive branch with the tools used to investigate matters of national security," Hall wrote.

The Patriot Act, passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, allowed expanded surveillance of terror suspects, increased use of material witness warrants to hold suspects incommunicado and permitted secret proceedings in immigration cases. More than a dozen provisions are set to expire at the end of this year.

Before the Patriot Act, the law allowed the FBI to get records of a person or group suspected of acting on behalf of a foreign power, or under 1993 amendments, the records of someone thought to be communicating with such a foreign agent about international terrorism.

The Patriot Act in 2001 removed the requirement that the records sought be those of someone under suspicion. Now an innocent person's records can be obtained if the FBI considers them relevant to a terrorism or spying investigation.

Last September in another ACLU lawsuit, a federal judge in New York struck down this provision of law as unconstitutional under the First and Fourth Amendments on grounds that it restrains free speech and bars or deters judicial challenges to government searches. That ruling is suspended pending an appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

On an undisclosed date, the FBI delivered what is known as a National Security Letter to the ACLU's client, which maintains traditional library book records as well as records on Internet use by its patrons.

The letter demanded "any and all subscriber information, billing information and access logs of any person or entity related to" something or someone whose name is blacked out in the publicly released version of the letter. It said the information is relevant to an investigation of terrorism or spying.

Hall asked the government to provide her classified documents that would give her a better understanding of the investigation.

"Nothing specific about this investigation has been put before the court that supports the conclusion that revealing Doe's identity will harm it," she wrote.

Federal prosecutors say in the documents that identifying recipients of such letters would allow targets of the investigation to flee, hide or provide misinformation that could frustrate their investigations.

To comment on this story, or to request a correction click here to send a message to Karen Hunter, The Courant's reader representative. Click here to read Karen's daily Weblog.

Does Enfield CT PD need to be sent a case of Preparation H?

December 24, 2013. Note: None of the links worked after I, Steven G. Erickson, testified in Connecticut [video]. Video of Donald Christmas of Enfield, Connecticut, talking about an Enfield Police Officer's 14 year old hooker girlfriend, [click here], and scroll down. links no longer work. Please check links above for videos and more after reading story below.

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Original Post:

Enfield Connecticut Police Officer Timothy Verge an allegedly harassed, threatened, and arrested Don Christmas after Vergean's alleged young teenage prostitute girlfriend slapped Donny and yelled at him when Donny came home with his family.

What does it say when a police officer will evade responsibility for wrongdoing? One case doesn’t say much, but it is a Connecticut disgrace as too many officers are involved in all sorts of wrongdoing and most assume they’ll never get punished.

Donald Christmas allegedly lodged a complaint against Vergean, but officers generally aren't punished when there is police misconduct involving an average citizen.

Enfield Police Officers went to citizen's doors collecting overdue library fines. What!!!???
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Enfield officer charged with leaving scene of crash
By Max Heuer, Journal Inquirer
September 08, 2005

WINDSOR -- An Enfield police officer was charged with evading responsibility after he drove into a parked car here and left the scene of the accident, police said Wednesday.

Patrol officer Timothy Vergean, a member of the Enfield Police Department since 1998, faces up to a year in prison and up to a $600 fine if convicted on the charge, Capt. Thomas LePore said.

He was also charged with failure to drive right, which carries a $93 fine, LePore said.Enfield Deputy Chief Carl Sferrazza said the police administration was aware of the incident, but had not begun an internal investigation.

"The department is aware that that did occur and we will wait to see the reports," Sferrazza said.

"We don't have an internal started yet, but that doesn't mean there won't be one in the future."

"I haven't seen any of the reports from Windsor," he said.

"There's nothing I can add on our end."

Sferrazza also said the department does not comment on ongoing personnel issues.The accident occurred last Friday about 12:29 a.m. on Overlook Drive, LePore said, when Vergean drove into a parked car on the north side of the street as he was headed westbound.

Vergean was off-duty and was driving his own vehicle, according to Windsor police.The parked car was facing the wrong way, LePore said, but it was unclear whether that played any role in the accident.

"It doesn't negate the evading responsibility issue, but obviously it could play a role," he said.

"You have shared fault possibly, it's something we would have to look at closer."

A witness told police they saw a black pickup truck collide with the parked car and "take off," LePore said.Officers investigating the accident at the scene an hour later came upon a black pickup parked in the area, LePore said. The truck had fresh damage to its front right bumper and hood, which fit the accident, LePore said, and police traced its registration back to Vergean.

Windsor police then contacted the Enfield Police Department, where an officer left Vergean a message that he was wanted in Windsor, LePore said.

Vergean showed up at the Windsor police department about 7:30 a.m. Friday, a full seven hours after the accident, and "took responsibility for his actions," LePore said.

Vergean told police he was the person driving the truck when it collided with the parked car, LePore said.

LePore described the damage to both vehicles as "moderate."

©Journal Inquirer 2005

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A Nation Rots from its City Centers Outward, A National Disgrace

A letter I sent to ex-Governor John G. Rowland for his first day in federal prison.

No Irish need apply
It’s legal to take your kids away based on your ethnicity

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A Boy kept from his Father by an Official System of Abuse, Marshall Mathers, III (aka Eminem)

A Pattern of Abuse, the Donald Christmas Story

A Connecticut State Police Officer's Limp Winky, a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, and a movie idea

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The History of Abuse of Citizens arbitrarily caught up in the legal system
(Former Governor Rowland, government for sale, bribes, a blowjob, a Connecticut State Police investigation fixed for Rowland cronies, and a court and law enforcement system so sleazy their crimes are obvious to the taxpayers getting screwed)

Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?
(pictures of young adults brutalized by Hartford Police, a 1978 L-82 Corvette, and the White Victorian I lost to police and judicial corruption)

What is Prison really like?(and other links)

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Is there a Cover-up in Korruptikut?

Are their unnamed factions in the US, similar to the KKK?

Steven G. Erickson, Unofficial Lobbyist from Hell

My email:

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Does Leonard C. Boyle, the new police commissioner in Connecticut answer my accusations, line item?Find out (here)

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Steven G. Erickson’s Plan for Reducing Crime

Are Connecticut Judges part of the problem and do elected officials do nothing?

Do Connecticut State Police Officers get away with GAY BASHING within their own ranks?

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Some actually find this funny:

George Buell

Wrongly Imprisoned Man Won’t Shut Up About It
August 31, 2005 Issue 41•35

JOLIET, IL—George Howard Buell, an inmate wrongfully imprisoned at Stateville Correctional Center for third-degree sexual assault and aggravated battery, won’t shut the hell up about being innocent.

Buell, 46, an Elmhurst, IL electrician, was convicted of raping and burglarizing his elderly neighbor in 1994, despite the fact that he was at work when the crime occurred. He was mistakenly sentenced to a prison term of 20 years to life. Since then, his imprisonment has been a source of nonstop bellyaching.

“I’m completely innocent of the charges brought against me,” Buell said in yet another long-winded jailhouse statement last week. “I am a victim of inept police work, conflict-of-interest issues among the prosecution, and a lackadaisical defense. Anyone with even a peripheral familiarity with my case could see the inconsistencies. It’s a complete miscarriage of justice.”

Buell’s insufferable tirades have taken the form of numerous appeals to state and federal courts, unsuccessful attempts to launch public petitions, and e-publishing a 400,000-word autobiography titled Won’t Someone Please Hear My Anguished Plea?

“Okay, I get it—he’s innocent already,” said Eric Holsapple, Buell’s court-appointed attorney.

“Like I don’t know that. I only toiled for, like, forever years making a case out of it. Every time I talk to him, I have to brace myself—okay, here comes the sob story, again.”

After spending four years trying to capture the media’s attention with the story of his innocence, the wrongfully imprisoned inmate began pestering the courts in 2001 for additional DNA testing or a declaration of a mistrial.

“I will take a lie-detector test. I will do anything. I don’t belong in prison,” the incessant motormouth said. “The security tape in the garage where I work shows me pulling into the lot at the time the crime took place. It wasn’t admitted as evidence. That fact alone should be grounds for a mistrial.”

Buell’s cellmate, Bob Hannan, has heard the “in jail for a crime I didn’t commit” song and dance “about a million times.” Said Hannan: “The parking lot surveillance videotape, the horrible injustice. I’ve heard it all. A lot. I didn’t like the way they handled my case either. But you don’t hear me yammering about it all the time. It’s called moving on.”

The consortium of attorneys and social-justice activists who were unlucky enough to have been assigned the task of getting Buell and his big, wrongfully imprisoned mouth out of jail have gotten perhaps the biggest earful of his whining.

Tania Schultz, a senior staff attorney at Northwestern University’s Center On Wrongful Convictions, has worked on Buell’s case for over two years. Although she is convinced that Buell is innocent, she is “fed up” with the subject.

“Even the unjustly incarcerated should do other things in prison, like lift weights, or knit,” Schultz said. “Sadly, securing his freedom seems to be George’s sole interest in life. He’s obsessed with getting his life back.”

Added Schultz: “All the time, it’s ‘free me’ this, ‘free me’ that. Me, me, me, me, me.”
Buell’s brother Darron, who visited the prisoner last Friday, reported afterward that Buell “did most of the talking.”

“No prizes guessing what he was talking about,” Darron added.

Buell’s sob story will be heard by the Illinois State Supreme Court during its next term.

“I can’t wait. Since being incarcerated, my innocence is all I have to cling to in this horrible, horrible place,” said Buell, echoing comments that he has made to anyone who’s had the misfortune of being in contact with him at any time during the past decade.

“This goes beyond my worst nightmares of anything I could imagine ever happening to me, and I hope the justice system finally does something—anything—to free me from this living nightmare.”

“I just wish he’d shut his trap about it,” attorney Holsapple said.

“I’m working on his appeal. That’s more than most prisoners get. But is he satisfied? No. All he cares about is getting out of jail. I’m like, ‘George, get a life.’”

Darron and Eugene Buell speak to reporters after dragging themselves to yet another prison visit to hear their brother go on and on about his innocence.

The above found (here) on the web from a link I found on (this blog)

A lawyer posted the above link on his blog.

Comments I’m sure it’s funny for some lawyers,
prosecutors, and police.

Being wrongly accused and spending your life in
prison for something you didn’t do is just plain comical.

I can come laugh at you when I see you hanging
from a tree after a client of yours doesn’t see the humor in your ‘joke’.

Ha, ha, funny, so that’s what a lawyer looks
like when he sh*ts his pants in fear when his debt for being a parasite on
humanity needs to be paid.

Disclaimer: this only a funny joke, sorry.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson Sep 4, 2005
2:42:02 PM

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

LT. Gov. Sullivan


I posted the below comment on Connecticut LT. Governor Sullivan's blog:

Connecticut has way more to complain about than just gas prices. Although the gas prices are a solid sign that corporations are just plain out of hand and abusive to the common man and woman.

I can’t imagine former Governor Rowland or even current Governor Rell having a blog that allowed anyone to comment, stating their names or anonymously. Why?

Well, so many people have been wronged and have gripes, especially in Connecticut.

Lt. Governor Sullivan, I assume you might be clean and smart enough to turn the tide of sleaze in Connecticut.

Connecticut has led the nation in what can be gotten away with by authorities- rich stealing from the poor, and just how much sleaze, robbing, raping, and pillaging authorities can get away with.

Minorities and other groups don’t have autonomy and a voice or any way up and out, unless they have independent entrepreneurs, investors, and the self-employed in their ranks.

What is not safe for local business is not safe for homeowners and their families is not safe for a free society. Connecticut is a prime example of Jim Crow laws not on the books, but enforced as policy to keep those perceived as riffraff, down and out.

Average citizens of Connecticut are better off moving to a state that isn’t so parasitic to families and individuals that aren’t corporate or government employees, nor the connected Connecticut criminal elite.

Having just corporate workers and government employees is not a sign of a free society or health in a government. In America, the patient is sick, and Connecticut is the prime example of a Satanic path that will ruin America if not corrected.

Family bonds and independent spirits are being broken and those that dare expose this absolute Un-American injustice lose everything financial, anything having to do with one perceiving he or she has any rights, family ties, credibility, tranquility, faith in government, and ultimately end up in a State of Fear, or in prison.

I have been all over the US, top to bottom, side to side, and even was in many Hawaiian Islands. I was in the former USSR, not Russia, witnessing countries going from the nightmare of communism to trying to emulate us, or should I say what we as a nation once were.

It is safe to walk around in Paris, London, Warsaw, Vilnius, Copenhagen, Riga, Tallinn, and so many other cities I have seen.

I came home to downtown Connecticut and soon was assaulted by a paranoid, very large, and violent drug dealer that thought I was an undercover cop, so he beat me, picked me up in the air by my neck, pummeled me with his other hand, bit into my ear, and threw me down.

Dialing 911 and demanding that my assailant be arrested, ended up in my being arrested as the drug dealer was being used to ruin business and home owners not affiliated with the corrupt town and state authorities, and I was merely in the way of the asset and property confiscation frenzy.

Those that have spoken out about corruption, have proposed laws requiring ethics and accountability of officials to their representatives, have been critical of the Connecticut powerful, have threatened to sue for civil rights violations, and/or have lodged a complaint against an official are followed around by police, threatened, stalked, arrested, maliciously prosecuted, and have an extremely high rate of incarceration on questionable charges prosecuted in a corrupt Connecticut court.

Americans are actually seeking political asylum in other countries as oppression in Connecticut is that bad. Try putting any of these word strings in a search engine without quotes and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about, “Connecticut State Police misconduct”, “Good Ole boy network”, “Rowlandgate”, “Ritt Goldstein”, “Steven G. Erickson”,”Arthur L. Spada”, “Connecticut Injustice”,”Rockville Judge Jonathan J. Kaplan”, or many other strings of words implying corruption, bribery, and political abuse of citizens and anyone can plainly see the evil trends most prevalent in Connecticut are contaminating our nation and our forefathers’ vision of good government and a free people.

I am posting this comment to you in my Stark Raving Viking blog.

Sir, I hope you can turn the Tide of Evil in Connecticut, too many have suffered, and too many want to escape Connecticut, and for many such as me, it was too late and we were ground to a pulp for having tested Free Speech in exposing citizen abuse by authorities.

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson aka blogger Vikingas
September 06, 2005 7:14 AM

Monday, September 05, 2005

Another Fed Up with CT BS Email


Are you fed up with Connecticut Bullshit? Email me:

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"rootsgal" Add to Address Book
"Steven Erickson"
Re: How is your "complaint"going?
Mon, 5 Sep 2005 10:02:52 -0500

My email that you put on FREE SPEECH generated alot of state employees calling and emailing me about their retaliation for COMPLAINING about corruption on the job. One lady is a nurse and was threatened to have her nursing license revoked!! She asked for a "permission to sue letter" from the CHRO to go to FEDERAL COURT.

As you read, I am now in a collection agency after finding out that the DEPARTMENT of Mental Retardation terminated my health insurance while I WAS EMPLOYED THERE and I have the pay stubs to show the deductions. I just paid BUTLER NORRIS & GOLD $1,500.00 retainer. DMR and ANTHEM ARE BEING SUED for this as it was during the settlement process of my CHRO complaint against them!!!

I have THE BEST EVIDENCE. I got ahold of ALL my DMR records through CHRO and found a MARCH 23, 2004 email written by Kathleen Incandella and Gerry Daley acknowledging that they indeed knew I was coded incorrectly (WHY WOULD THAT HAPPEN?) and was no longer insured. That was over 18 months ago and they DID NOTHING!!!! My credit is ruined and it is showing up when I apply for jobs. Employers now do very extensive background checks on potential employees.

Anthem told me "we have never seen such an incriminating piece of evidence (the email) but until they (DMR) pay your premiums, it is out of our hands." Anthem also stated, "we have NEVER seen this happen to anyone before."

So, what did DMR do with the money they deducted???? I believe in "laymans terms" it's called STEALING!

The nurse that emailed me, was also SUDDENLY accused of improper sexual contact with a patient which was EXACTLY what happened to me!!!

Apparently, they use that criteria when trying to discredit an employee that complains or is a "whistleblower". She is filing a "whistleblower" complaint and plans to go to the State's Attorney's office not the A.G.'s office since they PROTECTand condone this action.

FREE SPEECH did good posting my story. There are many of us getting screwed...some are too scared to take action so they just resign~

I am asking for attorney's fees and "mental anguish" and any other loss since this IS HAVING A DIRECT EFFECT on not geting ANY EMPLOYMENT!

I am so full of rage and have no idea.

Better still, I filed a CHRO against the SECRETARY of the State's office for firing me for leaving work to go to a doctors appointment for my work-related back injury. The SOTS office missed their response deadline, so I wrote a letter to CHRO and the EEOC and told them that I will not respond to a LATE response after they were granted a 2 week extension. I just received a letter from the CHRO that they ARE RETAINING MY COMPLAINT for a FULL MERIT ASSESSMENT review....YEAH!!!

So, if you want to post the above, BE MY GUEST....make people know they are not alone, they need to take a stand collectively, file the complaints and ruffle some feathers over there in the State's Attorney's Office.

Butler Norris & Gold are pitbulls and my mother, who inherited a huge settlement from her cousin who died is FOOTING THE BILL for me. She is a retired nurse and knows DMR is trying to make me homeless and ruin my once "squeaky clean" credit rating!

Nice to hear from you again. Stay in touch and I'll let you know what happens. The attorney I hired said this could take well over 6 months to resolve and may go to court.

ONE PEACE~ Kristine

----- Original Message -----
Steven Erickson
Sent: Sunday, September 04, 2005 6:50 PM
Subject: Re: How
is your "complaint"going?
how is everything

I am thinking that there are more officials crooked in
Connecticut than are honest
. The retaliation I see is just

Chris Kennedy is facing 53 years in prison after his
last round of complaints. Jeff Yeaw, the amber alert father, might have taken
off to avoid 30 years. My buddy Bill that was also there is probably going to
jail in 2 weeks.

I'm wondering how much longer I can wear a feather
in my cap and not get arrested again on bogus charges and be thrown away for

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Kings of Arrogance and Traffic Tickets


Call Troop C Connecticut State Police, Tolland, CT, to report teens drinking and fighting 24 hours a day, a man shooting up heroin in your back yard in front of kids, or for just about any downtown criminal complaint and you might just expect rudeness, excuses for lack of service, and threats of arrests and worse if you make complaints regarding their lack of manners and refusal to protect and serve certain segments of the population based on one's race, economic status, profession, and whether you live downtown or the suburbs.

Prey For The Radar Gun
Handful Of Speed Traps Snare Thousands Each Year, And Also Bring In Millions
September 4, 2005 By TRACY GORDON FOX, And STEPHEN BUSEMEYER Hartford Courant Staff Writers

UNION -- Along a straight, 6-mile stretch of I-84 near the Massachusetts border, Trooper Christopher Sharland aimed his laser gun at oncoming traffic. In less than 30 seconds, a lead-footed driver came into range.Sharland targeted the bright-red Ford Mustang he saw barreling down the center lane, passing a tractor-trailer and an SUV.

"Here we go, 95 mph on the red Mustang," he said, throwing his cruiser into gear on a recent afternoon.

A few minutes later, 18-year-old Holly Hansen, a hairdresser from Southbridge, Mass., sat at the side of the road pleading her case.

"I'm late," she said. "My grandmother is wicked sick, and I've got to get down there."

Sharland was not moved. He pointed out that he was giving her a break by not taking her to jail for reckless driving for going more than 85 mph. She continued on to Maryland with a $420 fine.

Out-of-state drivers, such as Hansen, accounted for almost half of the uncontested speeding tickets issued by state troopers between Jan. 1, 2000, and the end of July 2005. In all, those tickets contributed more than $30 million to state coffers.

And tiny Union, population 735, is by far the most lucrative hunting ground for troopers. Of all the speeding tickets issued by state troopers during those five years, more were handed out along I-84 between the Route 89 overpass and the Massachusetts border than anywhere else in Connecticut. Bridgeport was second, with 10,660 uncontested tickets, followed by Westport, with 9,633.

Drivers from Massachusetts paid more in fines from no-contest pleas on speeding tickets received in Union than drivers from Connecticut, or any other state, according to records from the state's Centralized Infractions Bureau.

But why is Union the hot spot? Why not communities with larger sections of more congested highways, such as Stamford or Hartford?

"The funny thing is, a long straight section of roadway promotes safety, but it also has the counter-effect of promoting speeds that are unreasonable," said Lt. Alaric Fox, who commands Troop C in Tolland, responsible for I-84 from Vernon to the Massachusetts line.

Drivers fly along the smooth, six-lane portion of highway that leads to or from the Massachusetts Turnpike, lulled by the wide, grassy shoulders on both sides and visibility of a half-mile or more. Less traffic congestion invites drivers to pick up speed.

On average, motorists who pleaded no-contest to speeding on I-84 in Union since 2000 were cited for traveling 17 mph over the 65 mph speed limit, according to records on which the driver's speed was noted. The 65 mph speed limit went into effect in October 1998.

But often, drivers go even further over the limit, state troopers say.

"I cruise down the road at 74 or 75, and I come across somebody doing 95," Fox said. "It certainly is an area where the speed is typically above the norm."

Cars regularly exceed 100 mph on the stretch. A few weeks ago, Sharland caught a sports car doing 122 mph. On several days last week, troopers had their pick of drivers going 80 mph or more.

David Wattie, a truck driver from Harrisburg, Pa., said he and most other truckers know about the straight stretch of I-84 through Union. They warn each other on the CB radio.

"You know to slow down when you come through here," he said.

Municipal police departments give out fewer uncontested speeding tickets largely because they don't cover highways. Many smaller towns don't even have their own police, relying on state troopers for their service.

Among the local police departments, those in Fairfield County account for the majority of uncontested speeding tickets, although West Hartford police top the list in central Connecticut and rank in the top three towns statewide.

"We have more complaints about traffic than we do about crime," West Hartford Police Chief James Strillacci said, explaining why his department focuses on motor vehicle violations.

"Speeding tends to exacerbate accidents."Accidents caused by speeding and other unsafe driving are the focus of state police this Labor Day weekend, with troopers out in force in Union and on every other major road across the state.

Although severe accidents are less frequent on I-84 through Union because it is not as congested as other highways, crashes there occur at such high speeds that they often are fatal.

"They are putting people's lives at risk," said Lt. David Aflalo, who commands the 58 troopers in the department's traffic services.

"We have an obligation to remove those people from the road."

If it's easy to speed along this stretch, it's just as easy to be caught.

Troopers have perfect visibility, with plenty of places to hide, allowing them to aim a laser gun and clock a vehicle nearly a half-mile away. By the time the driver sees the police cruiser, it's too late.

State police from the Tolland barracks and from the traffic services unit monitor the highway in traditional cruisers as well as in undercover cars that blend with traffic.

"In a cruiser, they'd spot us a mile away," said Trooper Brian Becker, who drives an unmarked Chevrolet Impala.

People tailgate him, pass him, cut him off. They don't realize he's a trooper until he activates the red-and-blue strobe lights.

He has watched cars pass a police cruiser on the highway, slow down for a couple of miles, and then speed up. That's when he stops them.

One trooper has made the fish-in-a-barrel game his specialty. Trooper Scott Prouty has been behind more uncontested speeding tickets than any other trooper in the state. Since 2000, 8,200 speeding tickets with his name on them were paid without a court challenge, totaling $2.1 million in fines. His closest competitor is responsible for only 5,100 and $1.2 million in no-contest pleas.

"He is very active," Aflalo said.

"He is in a specialty vehicle that allows him to identify more violators, particularly the more egregious ones."

State police say they do not target cars from out of state. Often, they say, when they are using radar or laser guns they cannot read the license plates of the cars they are tracking.

"The state of origin of a vehicle has no bearing at all on what vehicles we stop or are cited," Aflalo said.

Once they stop cars, however, the troopers have a wide range of discretion, from a verbal warning to a custodial arrest if the charge is reckless driving, Aflalo said.

Troopers often cite the drivers for traveling at a lower speed than what the laser gun indicated, to give them a break. If a trooper writes a ticket for 85 mph when a driver was clocked at 87, the driver can pay the fine without going to court, for example.

"It is never helpful to be rude or belligerent with a trooper," Aflalo said.

"Attitude," Sharland said, "goes a long way."

A discussion of this story with Courant Staff Writer Tracy Gordon Fox is scheduled to be shown on New England Cable News each hour Tuesday between 9 a.m. and noon.

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Abolish the Connecticut State Police

An open letter I sent to Connecticut State Police Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle lodging complaints against former Commissioner Arthur L. Spada and other officers for police misconduct.

A Connecticut State Police Officer's Limp Winky, a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, and a movie idea

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The History of Abuse of Citizens arbitrarily caught up in the legal system
(Former Governor Rowland, government for sale, bribes, a blowjob, a Connecticut State Police investigation fixed for Rowland cronies, and a court and law enforcement system so sleazy their crimes are obvious to the taxpayers getting screwed)

Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?
(pictures of young adults brutalized by Hartford Police, a 1978 L-82 Corvette, and the White Victorian I lost to police and judicial corruption)

What is Prison really like?
(and other links)

Cops decide what is Free Speech, if they don't like your opinion you can be arrested and railroaded to prison

More that doesn't pass the smell test in Korruptikut


Rowland Wins A Legal Round Judge Declines To Sign Warrant On Ethics Charge
September 3, 2005
By EDMUND H. MAHONY, AND JON LENDER Hartford Courant Staff Writers

A state judge has refused to sign a warrant for the arrest of former Gov. John G. Rowland on charges that Rowland violated ethics law when he went to work for a major state contractor after being forced from office, the state's top prosecutor said Friday.

Chief State's Attorney Christopher L. Morano had sought to charge Rowland with violating Connecticut's "revolving door" ethics prohibition as a result of Rowland's paid representation of the Klewin Building Co. at a time when Klewin was involved in a contract dispute with the state.

It is believed that Rowland would have been the first public official charged with a criminal violation of state ethics laws had the warrant been signed.

After resigning the governor's office effective July 1, 2004, Rowland obtained two lucrative consulting jobs, including a $5,000-a-month arrangement with Klewin. Since March, Morano has been examining whether Rowland's approach last November to a University of Connecticut official - an attempt to resolve a disagreement concerning a university building project - violated ethics law.

That law bans a former state official from approaching his old office on behalf of a private company for a year after he leaves office. Rowland, a Republican, met with University of Connecticut Vice President Lorraine Aronson and left her a binder of information on the contract dispute less than six months after he left office during a legislative impeachment inquiry.

Aronson is a former Rowland budget adviser.

Morano's office opened the investigation at the request of state Rep. Christopher Caruso, D-Bridgeport, co-chairman of the legislative government administration and elections committee, which then was investigating Rowland's post-gubernatorial employment.

"After a thorough investigation of the facts of the case and review of the applicable law, the Office of the Chief State's Attorney submitted an application for an arrest warrant to a judge of the Superior Court," Morano said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

"The judge has declined to issue the arrest warrant."

Morano would not name the judge, but others said it was Superior Court Judge Edward J. Mullarkey, a Democrat originally nominated to the bench in 1987 by then-Gov. William A. O'Neill. He did not return calls Friday.

"The judge's decision indicates that based on his interpretation of the law, the facts presented do not establish a violation of the statutes in their present form. We appreciate the time and attention devoted to this matter by the judge and we respect the decision of an independent judiciary," Morano's statement said.

Rowland's attorneys have maintained that his work for Klewin was not improper.

"We're very pleased with the judge's decision," said John F. Droney Jr., one of three lawyers on Rowland's defense team.

"Obviously the Rowland family is relieved beyond words that this nightmare is over."

Droney said Rowland's defense team believes Mullarkey agreed with its contention that Morano's interpretation of the revolving door statute was overly broad. Droney said that under ethics laws, Rowland was barred for a year from approaching his old agency - the governor's office - not the entire executive branch, which includes the University of Connecticut.

Asked for his thoughts on Morano's decision to seek Rowland's arrest, Droney declined, saying, "When you hit a walk-off home run, you go back to the dugout."

In his statement, Morano said his attempt to charge Rowland marked the first time a state prosecutor has sought the arrest of a public figure on an ethics charge.

Morano said that, in view of Mullarkey's rejection of the warrant, lawmakers may have to revise the ethics laws if they wish to criminalize conduct such as Rowland's.

"The facts of this matter are well established," Morano said.

"If the General Assembly wishes to make it clear that the law does in fact apply to such conduct, it has the sole authority to undertake a review of the statutes and to make any revisions it deems necessary or appropriate."

Violations of state ethics laws are generally handled via administrative sanctions, but the statutes contain a provision saying that intentional violations can be considered crimes. Such a violation can rise from a misdemeanor to a felony if the violator gains $1,000 or more from it, the law says. The maximum penalty for a felony violation of ethics laws is five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Rowland pleaded guilty on Dec. 23 to a single federal conspiracy charge that arose from his receiving $107,000 in gifts and services from businessmen who won hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts and tax breaks from his administration.

Federal prosecutors first raised the issue of Rowland's post-gubernatorial employment when he was sentenced to a year and a day in prison in federal court on March 18. The prosecutors made Rowland's work for Klewin a central element of their argument that he should be given a longer prison sentence, saying it was proof of the former governor's continuing disregard for ethics laws. But while the prosecutors said Rowland's apparent lobbying showed his "arrogance, his continued sense of entitlement and his lack of sincere remorse," they stopped short of calling it a clear violation of state ethics laws.

"Based on the current state of the law and the limited available facts regarding the Klewin contract, the Government is unable to determine whether the defendant `represented' Klewin before `his agency' or whether he `lobbied' in violation of the law," the prosecutors wrote in a legal memorandum filed at the time of Rowland's sentencing.

"However, the evidence does establish that Rowland again chose a path of willful blindness. He consciously avoided seeking an advisory opinion and chose to act in his own self-interest."

Rowland asked the State Ethics Commission for a legal opinion on his work for Klewin a month after he agreed to consult for the Norwich construction company. The commission issued an informal opinion saying that there were a number of restrictions, including one that prevented him being paid to represent clients before his former agency for a year. But the informal opinion noted that there was some uncertainty as to what constituted Rowland's "former agency."

An ethics commission attorney offered to research the question and draft an advisory opinion but Rowland replied specifically that he did not want one.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Friday avoided the subject of the propriety of her predecessor's post-gubernatorial employment.

"That was a decision made by a judge," Rell told reporters at the state Capitol.

"I am not familiar with the exact language of the [revolving-door] law, so I would leave it to the discretion of the legislature."

One of Rowland's harshest political critics, former Democratic State Chairman George Jepsen, agreed with the outcome.

"I am the last person to go easy on John Rowland, and I think he should have been sentenced far longer than he was," Jepsen said.

"But, had this not been John Rowland, I do not think there would have been an application for an arrest warrant."

"Even if you assume all of the allegations to be true, it's the kind of violation that ought to be treated as a civil ethics violation, not dealt with under the criminal code," Jepsen said.

"I think a more judicious exercise of [Morano's] discretion would have been to view it as an ethics violation."

Jepsen said he did not believe a request from a legislative co-chairman - in this case, Caruso - was sufficient cause for Morano to seek the warrant.

"No. ... A prosecutor should exercise his own discretion. This shouldn't be about public pressure."

Courant Staff Writer Christopher Keating contributed to this story.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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The story of Connecticut State's Chief Attorney's buddy leaving a party at Morano's house to be caught by police for drunk driving, in possesion of marijuana, and a handgun.

The Chief State's Attorney and prosecutors involved in an 'innocence project'?
having a program called the 'frame the whistleblower project' would be more believable involving that crew

A Post involving Chris Kennedy, Chief State's Attorney Morano, Former Rowland and current Rell aid Carol Amino, myself, and State Senator Coleman

Cops dressing 'spiffy' and judges on an 'ethics pannel'?

Hartford Connecticut Police Misconduct, court smoke and mirrors, and did W. Hartford Attorney Brewer know to much or get in the way?

Why was only former Police Commissioner Arthur L. Spada's Chief of Staff, Senick, the only one punished when freebie and perks are an across the board right of passage for all officers in Connecticut for years and years?

A Governor, an ex-model, a man wearing 'chaps', a blowjob, a Connecticut State Police outcome for sale, and a judge forced to retire that wanted ethics withing the Connecticut State Police and Connecticut courts

Getting Involved in the Legislative Process and/or Complaining about Officials
can be detrimental to your quality of life, credit, retirement, your family, and in extreme cases may cost you your life, even in America.

Telling the Town Selectman/Police Chief to go 'F' himself- PRICELESS

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Why Join the Ranks of the Military?

Well, many would ask that question.

David Mark Tracy at age 17 was put in prison for $100 worth of drugs found near him, but not on him. Tracy was murdered in prison. ( post with link to David's story)

Whether or not you agree with the logic of a ground war in Iraq, you’d have to agree that the military is necessary for any nation to have. What is happening in N. Korea, Venezuela, and other countries regarding nuclear weapons and the building up of a military, not for defense, but for offense, sound minds need to make sure that vast areas don’t end up being wiped out in massive flames with humanity in those areas being starved, raped, tortured, and killed.

Many that would do best in the military learn social and job skills, aren’t joining.

Drug Laws are enforced and not enforced to exclude segments of our population from the better jobs, housing, and helps deny them their right to vote, by labeling as many of them as possible as felons.

Most of those that would be best to join the military as an average soldier, have a very bad impression of authorities, courts, police, and of the government for good reason. Being lied to, targeted unfairly because of your economic status and geographic location is obvious bias to even the most casual observer.

Fairness and accountability has to come back into play in the military, police, American Courts, and in local and federal government. That is a daunting task, but if we want out troops to fight for freedom and American values, we actually have to have freedom and American values.

What if for certain drug crimes, property crimes, and other offenses, citizens that would otherwise be suited to join the military were given the option of having their arrest, criminal, and prison records erased?

Getting any job, or getting ahead, or in buying a house and providing for yourself and family is almost impossible if you have any kind of criminal record.

At least 2/3 of those that are in prison are there because of bad policies regarding poorer residents. We as a nation could do much better. Too many that are in prison on false arrests, manufactured and omitted evidence, officials acting illegally, and courts that are nothing more than a rubber stamp on abuse, we need to right too many past wrongs.

All those with criminal records should have there case reviewed for erasure. Rapists, pedophiles, and murders, if there cases were the result of good police work and processed justly through the judicial system, should stand.

A youthful indiscretion, or an adult’s falling down, should not cripple an individual and his or her family forever, for life.

Let’s have some compassion, consideration, and policies that unite, bolster our economy, and foster faith in the system rather than the reverse.

Conservatives, Liberals, Republicans, and Democrats might just come together on the logic as cited above.

Officials should let the people know and the people should let the officials know, that there aren’t just gripes, complaints, and abuse, there are solutions.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

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